The CRS has gone below 500 in an all-program draw for the first time since December 2020.
Canada held its most recent all-program Express Entry draw on October 26.
Since all-program drawings started on July 6, this is the eighth draw.
Invitations were issued to 4,750 candidates with a minimum CRS of 496
Candidates having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496 were invited. Invitations were sent to candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). All of these initiatives are part of the Express Entry system.
Express Entry all-program drawings were stopped for nearly 18 months beginning in December 2020. Only applicants from the CEC or the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were invited to apply during the break (ITAs). The drawings were halted due to an application backlog created by COVID-19-related travel restrictions. IRCC also suspended CEC drawings in September 2021.
The CRS has dropped below 500 for the first time since drawings commenced. The score was 468 on December 23, 2020, the last time it was this low. Following that draw, all-program Express Entry drawings were suspended in order to prevent adding to the backlog of applications for permanent residence.
IRCC can raise the number of ITAs it issues by decreasing the CRS score, as evidenced by the eight prior drawings in which the number of applicants climbed as the CRS score steadily declined.
Each year, IRCC publishes a new plan year that establishes a target number of immigrants that Canada expects to receive over the next three years. The figures are further broken down per immigrant category and programme. The Immigration Levels Plan set a target of 55,900 new permanent residents through Express Entry for 2022. Between January and August 31, Canada welcomed slightly more than 28,000 new permanent residents via Express Entry programmes.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use Express Entry as their applicant management system (FSTP). Candidates for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool are already eligible for at least one of these programmes.
Express Entry ranks candidates’ profiles using a point-based mechanism known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates with the highest scores are given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can subsequently apply for permanent residence.
An IRCC official evaluates the candidate’s application and decides whether or not they are authorised. If granted, the individual will be a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.